Reply To: Pt 64 sec-1 question 13

June 15, 2016 at 11:28 am #2041

If you’re talking about a situation where it says something like, “People say that smoking causes cancer, but my uncle smoked for decades and he never got cancer, so clearly, smoking does not cause cancer,” then yes…that’s a cause and effect argument. Usually you’ll see it in situations where someone is generalizing from specific instances (like my example). It could be strengthened or weakened by additional evidence that either confirms or contradicts the conclusion, or it could show up as a flaw; the fact that there’s not a 100% connection doesn’t mean that there’s no causation involved.